Wrong Way Up

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Wrong Way Up
Studio album by Brian Eno & John Cale
Released 5 October 1990
Recorded April – July 1990
at Brian Eno's Wilderness Studio,
Woodbridge, Suffolk, UK
Genre Art rock
Length 41:30
Label All Saints Records
Producer Brian Eno, John Cale
Brian Eno chronology
Wrong Way Up
Nerve Net
John Cale chronology
Songs for Drella
Wrong Way Up
Paris s'eveille - suivi d'autres compositions
Singles from Wrong Way Up
  1. "Been There, Done That"
    Released: 1990

Wrong Way Up is a 1990 album by Brian Eno and John Cale.

The album sits between the electronic and prog-rock/art rock genres and features some of both Eno's and Cale's most mainstream work. The single "Been There, Done That" remains the only Eno single to ever reach an American chart. The cover picture is by Eno.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau A−[2]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[3]
Trouser Press very favourable[4]

Trouser Press praised the album, calling it "an absolutely wonderful pop record, a subversion of Top 40 formulae to the pair's own idiosyncratic (but utterly accessible) ends."[4]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by John Cale & Brian Eno except where indicated.

Original 1990 release[edit]

Side A
  1. "Lay My Love" - 4:44
  2. "One Word" - 4:34
  3. "In the Backroom" - 4:02
  4. "Empty Frame" - 4:26
  5. "Cordoba" - 4:22
Side B
  1. "Spinning Away" - 5:27
  2. "Footsteps" - 3:13
  3. "Been There, Done That" - 2:52
  4. "Crime in the Desert" - 3:42
  5. "The River" (Brian Eno) - 4:23

Bonus tracks on 2005 remaster[edit]

UK & rest of the world
  1. "Grandfather's House"
  2. "You Don't Miss Your Water" (William Bell)
  1. "You Don't Miss Your Water" (William Bell)
  2. "Palanquin"


"Spinning Away" b/w "Grandfather's House" 7" Germany 1990.

"Spinning Away" (edit) b/w "Grandfather's House" / "Palaquin" 12" & CD-single Germany 1990.

"One Word" b/w "Grandfather's House" / "Palanquin" 12" & CD-single UK 1990.

"One Word" (edit) / "Empty Frame" / "You Don't Miss Your Water" / "One Word (The Woodbridge Mix)" / "Grandfather's House" CD-EP USA 1991. (You Don't Miss Your Water taken from the Eno album Married To The Mob.)

Promotional tracks[edit]

In the early 1990s, Warner Bros. US released a series of promotional-only 7" colored vinyl split-artist EPs called Soil Samples. Each side of these 7"ers would have unreleased tracks from the sessions of the artist's record these promos were ostensibly promoting.

Soil Samples #3 had unreleased tracks by the group House of Freaks on one side, and two unreleased cuts from the Eno/Cale Wrong Way Up sessions on the other side: a cover of "Ring of Fire" with vocals by Eno, and the instrumental "Shuffle Down to Woodbridge", apparently Cale solo.

To date, neither of these has been issued on CD, or anywhere else except this promotional 7".


  • John Cale: vocals, pianos, keyboards, bass, harp, horn, dumbek, viola, strings, omnichord
  • Brian Eno: vocals, keyboards, rhythm bed, Indian drum, guitars, Shinto bell, bass, little Nigerian organ
  • Robert Ahwai: rhythm guitar
  • Nell Catchpole: violins
  • Rhett Davies: backing vocals
  • Daryl Johnson: bass
  • Ronald Jones: tabla, drums
  • Bruce Lampcov: backing vocals
  • Dave Young: guitars, bass


  1. ^ Ruhlmann, William. Wrong Way Up at AllMusic
  2. ^ Robert Christgau: CG: Eno/Cale
  3. ^ Rolling Stone Music | Album Reviews
  4. ^ a b Grant, Steven; Green, Jim; Robbins, Ira. "TrouserPress.com :: Brian Eno". TrouserPress.com. Retrieved July 4, 2016.